Estonia is safe
In both Sweden and Finland, popular sentiment remains ambiguous about joining NATO. They have done well so far and their own geography makes them feel protected, especially in the Swedish case. Both countries have been able to westernize without renouncing the political and economic relationship with the USSR at the time and with Russia now. In a recent survey, 35% of Swedes said that their country should join the Atlantic Alliance, while 33% preferred to stay as it was. In between, a gigantic 32% were unable to decide one way or the other.
More interestingly, 59% of respondents said they feared Russia becoming a superpower again, compared to a meager 29% who said they feared the United States. Anti-Americanism seems more of a Western luxury than anything else. As students explained to Herbert Marcuse during his famous lectures at the University of West Berlin, collected in the book “The End of Utopia” (1967), it is very easy to rant about American imperialism when you are not surrounded by Soviet troops on all four sides.
Requirements to enter estonia
The zone was expanded from 100 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles from Ukraine’s border with Russia. EASA says the expanded area now takes into account the “risk posed by the threat of missile launches to and from Ukraine.”
“We have guests traveling in late March and into April toward Poland, but that’s more than a month. It’s impossible to say now how this will evolve. We are basically in wait-and-see mode,” Kozlowski said via email.
Tourists with short-term plans to visit Poland are advised to book accommodation in advance, “as some of the hotel infrastructure may be earmarked for those in need.”
“IATA is helping to facilitate the exchange of relevant and timely information with airlines from government and non-government sources to support airlines as they plan their operations around the airspace closure in Ukraine and parts of Russia.”
In response, on February 25, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, imposed a ban on UK-registered flights, as well as aircraft owned, leased or operated by a person associated with the UK, from transiting Russian airspace.
There is a deep feeling of empathy and solidarity with Ukraine. Kristi Raik finds clear parallels between the occupation they endured and the current situation there. “It has brought back very harsh and sad memories of the past of occupation, of being the target of Russian aggressions… the Soviet occupation, the violence of the Red Army, the torture, rape and terror; the mass deportations of tens of thousands of Estonians to Siberia,” she recalls. “From my childhood I don’t remember violence, but I do remember the clear feeling among Estonians that we were occupied and we didn’t want it, we longed for freedom; and of forced Russification and the obligation to speak Russian.”
The Estonian-Russian border has a large lake in the middle that acts as a natural obstacle. On the land borders there is a defensive fence with radar and other motion detection technologies. And plans to upgrade it.
In these circumstances, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas announced on Friday that she is ending the coalition government because of disagreements over a bill on family and child benefits. The security situation in Europe “does not allow to continue working with the Center Party because of the internal division” that causes that “they are not able to put the interests of Estonia above those of the party”, she said. A political back-and-forth that joins in Estonia, now, the atavistic fear of the Russian neighbor.
Consulate of spain in estonia
Belarus, with the presence of Russian troops for the invasion of Ukraine, is currently in this second highest level of risk. The Foreign Ministry advises against non-essential travel to the Russian ally. Due to the large-scale deployment of military troops, travelers are advised to refrain from visiting regions bordering Ukraine.
Armenia is part of the same danger level. Travel to the Caucasian country is discouraged, except for reasons of extreme necessity, due to political instability and, above all, the recent armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh area, a disputed territory with Azerbaijan. In any case, travel to this conflict zone should be avoided.
Apart from current or recent armed conflicts or border tensions, the rest of Europe remains safe, although in some foreign countries caution is called for in certain neighborhoods or cities. In France, some outlying suburbs of large cities such as Paris, Marseille or Toulouse, are considered medium risk areas. In Italy , safe as a whole, there is also a warning for the city of Naples and its surroundings, with a high level of insecurity. The Foreign Office is urging extreme caution there.